|Watercolorist Marsha Owens earned Best of Show accolades in the 2012 APAP Members Show|
Best of Show winner Marsha Owen left her first career as Los Angeles-area art director to move her young family to Flagstaff. Before that, she designed ads to use watercolor or pastel illustrations and thought to give fine art a try someday.
When she arrived in Arizona, she started exploring her favorite mediums in other ways. “Ad design proved helpful in approaching painting with an eye for composition and color,” says Owen. “I was able to use layout marker illustration skills (there was no computer then) for value studies.”
“Within 50 miles of Flagstaff one can find every variety of landscape - from alpine to high desert. The beauty of Northern Arizona and the Colorado Plateau is an artist’s paradise. I enjoy capturing the unique characteristics of these places for my own and others’ enjoyment.”
Owen focuses primarily on watercolor now, and likes the versatility of its uses. “I chose this challenging medium because of its spontaneity and breadth of application,” she explains. “Great things often happen in a painting when you let the paint be a partner in the process.”
Learn more about Marsha Owen, including contact information, on her website: http://owenwatercolor.com/ .
BEST OF SHOW – Marsha Owen, “Frozen In Between”, watercolor
1ST PLACE PLEIN AIR - Toni Perrin, “Canyon Lake”, oil
2ND PLACE PLEIN AIR – Jeff Dolan, “View From The Porch”, oil
3RD PLACE PLEIN AIR – Beth Ray, “Top Of The Morning”, oil
1ST PLACE STUDIO – Eric Slayton, “Shadows of De Chelly”, oil
2ND PLACE STUDIO – David Haskell, “Into The Light”, oil
3RD PLACE STUDIO – Judy Maurer, “Robles Point Sunrise”, oil
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Sherri Aldawood, Scott Brems (2 paintings), Jerry Pond, Walter Porter, Marla Smith, E.C. Wynne
If you haven't seen the show yet, join the First Friday Art Walk in Sedona on April 6 for a special reception at the Sedona Art Center Special Exhibition Gallery, 15 Art Barn Rd. in uptown Sedona! Refreshments will be served from 4 pto 8 pm. At least two paintings have sold as of this morning, so don't delay if you really want to see the original juried works.